LMPD Chief speaks to Public Safety committee about violence

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by Brooke Hasch

WHAS11.com

Posted on April 9, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 10 at 2:35 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)-- LMPD Chief Steve Conrad spoke to the Public Safety committee this afternoon, addressing the added patrols, surveillance cameras and a future police substation coming to the downtown area

He said LMPD can never be fully equipped to handle an event like we saw on March 22, because they simply don't have enough officers.

Added patrols in targeted places mean overtime for almost two thirds of the force, out on patrol.

Council members suggested the use of drones to help in higher populated areas, but the Chief was not able to comment further on the issue without more research into the legalities.

Conrad said the more long term goal is hiring more officers in permanent positions, but without a definite number in place LMPD will have to make due with the staff on hand.

Conrad also mentioned the most recent arrests from the mob violence on March 22.

Two juveniles were arrested this week, a 14 and 15 year old, in connection to the robbery at Bader’s. This brings the total number of arrests to seven.

Conrad says more arrest are expected in the teen mob violence case.
 

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